It might be the only BlackBerry 7 smartphone to not feature a touchscreen, but it also might be the most popular. The new BlackBerry Curve has been a hit from what I’ve gathered. People love its size, and now they get to experience a Curve that has a higher resolution screen and is faster than its predecessors. T-Mobile already carries it, AT&T picked it up this week, and Engadget reports that Verizon will carry it later this month. You can probably expect it on Sprint as well, and perhaps some of the regional carriers later on. If you have the new Curve, or you plan to get one in the next month, here are a few essential cases for protecting the device. Here’s where the Curve’s smallness comes in handy. If you want to put a solid case on the Bold 9900, you might run into a few issues. Namely, it can get quite bulky. This is especially true for OtterBox cases — one of my friends described my OtterBox-encased BlackBerry as a UPS scanner. Yet because the Curve is so small it can handle a protective case without becoming too bulky. The OtterBox Defender case will make the Curve about the size of the 9930, so you won’t have to worry about extra bulk. At the same time, it covers you in three ways: a silicone skin, a hardshell exterior case, and a screen/keyboard protector. As I’m fond of saying, you could probably drop this thing down a flight of stairs and it would still work. You can get the OtterBox Defender case for the Curve 9360 for $39.99. If you prefer to retain some of the Curve’s smallness, you can check out a less protective but still excellent OtterBox case. The Impact series employs just the silicone shell, so it will remain quite smaller than other BlackBerry models. At the same time, it absorbs shock from minor impacts — hence the name of the case — which gives you some peace of mind when you inevitably drop your BlackBerry on the concrete. Oh, that’s just me? You can get the OtterBox Impact case for the Curve 9360 for just $10.59. Looking for something a bit more stylish? Aren’t we all? While the OtterBox cases serve to protect above all else, there’s something to be said for a case that looks pretty while at the same time protecting you device against your clumsy lapses. The Incipio SILICRYLIC case does just that. From the looks of the picture it might appear to be a mere silicone sleeve. But it’s really so much more than that. The SILICRYLIC case is made of the same hard plastic (polycarbonate) as the OtterBox defender series, and it also features silicone shock-absorbing protection. Instead of layering the two materials, though, Incipio meshes them together. You get the hardshell protection in some places, while silicone lines the rest. It provides the best of both worlds, and it doesn’t even create a bulky mess of your Curve. You can get the Incipio SILICRYLIC case for $26.46. It comes in four different colors, so you’ll get one that’s right for you.